KK vs IU Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Feb 16, 2023

KK vs IU Match Prediction - Feb 16, 2023

Islamabad United will be looking to make a winning start to the season as the Karachi Kings host them on Thursday.<br /> Islamabad United is the most successful franchise in the PSL as they have lifted the trophy twice, while the Kings have won the title once. 


KK vs IU Team Previews

Karachi Kings

The Karachi Kings put up their worst-ever performance in the PSL during the previous season as they could manage to win just 1 of the 10 fixtures that they played and finished at the bottom of the points table. However, they will be hoping to bounce back this season and have made quite a few changes in the squad.

Karachi’s opening match, played against the Peshawar Zalmi, was a high-scoring encounter where Karachi fell achingly short of the target. Chasing a mammoth 200 to win, Karachi was 4 wickets down with just 46 runs on the board. However, Shoaib Malik and captain Imad Wasim put up a brilliant partnership of 131 runs to get their team within touching distance of victory.

However, the Zalmi bowlers held their nerve right till the end to deny the hosts a famous win, as they fell short by just 2 runs. The Karachi Kings will be banking on Matthew Wade to give them a good start, while Haider Ali and Qasim Akram will be expected to score runs in the middle order.

The bowling looks good with the presence of Andrew Tye and Mohammad Amir in the seam department, while Imran Tahir will head the spin department. 

Karachi Kings Playing 11

James Vince, Sharjeel Khan, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Matthew Wade, Irfan Khan, James Fuller, Andrew Tye, Mohammad Amir, Muhammad Musa.

Islamabad United

Led by Shadab Khan, Islamabad United has one of the strongest batting line-ups in the PSL. Alex Hales will be playing for the franchise for a fifth season and the team will be having high hopes for him after seeing his recent exploits in the ILT20.

He is likely to be joined by Paul Stirling at the top of the order, while Asif Ali, Rassie van der Dussen, and Azam Khan will lend strength to the middle order. Young talent Hassan Nawaz, who was the second-highest scorer in this year’s Kashmir Premier League is also expected to make a debut in the PSL this season.

Islamabad United have two excellent all-rounders in the form of Moeen Ali and Tom Curran and will be banking on them to put up some match-winning performances with the bat as well as the ball. However, Moeen Ali is expected to join the squad only in the later half of the season. Until he joins the squad, Islamabad will have to rely on Mubasir Khan and Zafar Gohar to deliver the goods.

The team has a couple of quality seamers too, in the form of Tymal Mills and Gus Atkinson. But they are unlikely to be available for the entire season. 


Islamabad United Playing 11

Hassan Nawaz, Paul Stirling, Colin Munro, Rassie van der Dussen, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Tom Curran, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Rumman Raees.

KK vs IU Toss Prediction

The team winning the toss will be looking to bowl first here. 

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

The National Stadium in Karachi has an excellent track to bat on and has hosted quite a few high-scoring matches in the past. The average first-inning score here is around 170 but the team batting first will be looking to score over 190 to give their bowlers some headway. The weather is expected to be cloudy with a pleasant temperature. 


KK vs IU Betting Tips

Both teams have a strong batting line-up but the Islamabad United has an edge when it comes to depth in batting and all-rounders. Also, the records suggest that Islamabad United has always enjoyed an upper hand over the Kings in the last few seasons and we are therefore backing the visitors to win here.

Bet on Islamabad United to win this match. 


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    Top Scorer for Karachi Kings

    Shoaib Malik (4.00)


Shoaib Malik seems to get only better with age and has shown no signs of slowing down. After a successful stint in the Bangladesh Premier League, Malik has brought his excellent form to the PSL too as he scored a half-century in the opening match. We are therefore backing him to be the top batsman for his team in this match.

Today Match Prediction

Islamabad United To Win the Match, 1.68

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Who will win KK vs IU

Karachi Kings 57.17% (267)
Islamabad United 42.83% (200)
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